Filemaker is not a word processor.
Some of what what you want is possible, but not all of it Without a bit of work in the form of scripting and auto-enter calculations.
Whether you put each row of text in a separate record or not will also affect how you might implement such features.
To start, check out the paragraph formatting options in the inspector. They can be used to set tab stops and indents--which could be used to set up outline and bullet type list--but you will likely encounter limitations that you would not see with Word.
I guess the question comes down to what is it that you need done and what is the best tool for it and it might not be FileMaker. Or it may be FileMaker in combination with another tool.
But I feel your frustration in that I run into some of those limitations and have wished FM had more formatting tools like you want to do. It just goes to show that no software tool does it all.
There must be feature requests for better text handling in FileMaker
As we did some surveys for a wishlist for a new FileMaker version in one of our bigger installations, this was the first point users asked for..
On the other hand, this is not on the top of my own wishlist, has not top priority for me - as mentiond before, FileMaker is not a wordprocessor, not every database-application will need that.
It's not so easy as with Word, but using tabs in a text lets You do some of the things - not a problem if the text is written as a template (one time written for all records in the db)
There are ways to create a database-solution with indents, some programming is needed as Phil mentioned - once the layout with the needed functionality is set up, users will find it easy enough..
If one writes a novel, FileMaker is not the tool - but if one is looking for a tool with a fine, fixed structure, the FileMaker is fine, better than a wordprocessor
I believe, there are some plugins that allow some kind of connecting FileMaker to Word (MBS Plugin)
Phil is too modest to say this, but those of us who've profited from his insights thru the years have no problem with it: "Real wisdom is listening to PhilModJunk."
Many thanks to everyone for all your help. I've figured out how to do the indenting so my text looks as it should. Which is fine for now.
But if I need to reorder, add or delete clauses, I'll need to manually renumber them all. There are 28 clauses, and many of them have subclauses...
How do you make a feature request for bullets and numbering?
Thanks again everyone.
If each row of text is a different record, the renumbering can be done fairly easily with either a looping script or replace field contents using the serial number option. It can make sense to enter/edit the data in different records and then use a calculation to display the text in a merged format on a related parent record.
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